Karwan is a litigator and government law specialist, with extensive experience acting for various government clients in a wide range of practice areas, including constitutional, administrative, regulatory and commercial law.
In 2017, Karwan was named Partner of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards. He is also listed in the AFR's Best Lawyers in Australia list for Immigration Law in 2019.
What he does
Karwan represents government clients in litigation and advises on matters such as vires and statutory interpretation. He conducts advocacy on a regular basis in various courts and tribunals.
Who he works with
Karwan acts for Commonwealth and state government clients in several jurisdictions.
Karwan has a Bachelor of Civil Law with distinction from the University of Oxford. He also has Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Auckland.
Karwan was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 2006, as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2008, as a Barrister in England and Wales in 2011 and as a Barrister and Solicitor in New South Wales in 2014.
Life before Sparkes
Karwan began his legal career in New Zealand, where he worked in the local government team of a top-tier firm in Auckland. He subsequently practised as a solicitor in leading government practices in England before transferring to the Bar. He worked as a Barrister in London from 2010 until he joined Sparke Helmore.
Life outside of Sparkes
Karwan is fascinated by language and culture. He is a keen traveller and linguist, thinks he is a good cook and is hopeful that he will one day manage to stand up on a surf board for more than a second!